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Who's on Fox's wish list to direct X-Men: First Class?

04.30.2010

Fox is intent on prequelizing Marvel's mutants (thereby retaining the property rights) with X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. But with Bryan Singer returning only in a producer capacity, the studio is hot to get a qualified candidate in the director's chair.

EW first floated the story that KICK-ASS director Matthew Vaughn was in talks to direct, but Heat Vision says he's already moved on (and after all the reported friction on the last adamantium-clawed X-MEN prequel, why wouldn't he?). You may recall that Vaughn already had a relationship with the mutants -- he was the original director for X-MEN: THE LAST STAND and bolted the project just a couple of weeks before filming started. But hey, we got Brett Ratner instead, so... yeah.

Meanwhile, Heat Vision claims that Swedish director Daniel Espinosa has been talking with Singer about wrangling Xavier's young students. While not really known the general audiences in the US, Espinosa is apparently a hot Hollywood commodity thanks to a crime thriller called SNABBA CASH.

And Deadline says that Fox's group of hopefuls also includes Timur Bekmambetov, Louis Leterrier, David Slade and Carl Erick Rinsch.

Writer Jamie Moss (STREET KINGS) wrote a draft of the script based on Singer's treatment, involving younger versions of familiar characters (Cyclops, Beast, Jean Grey) at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, along with Professor X's earliest encounter with Magneto. The script will likely go through a few more changes when a director officially gets involved.
Extra Tidbit: Matthew Vaughn was also once attached to direct Marvel's THOR.
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2:06PM on 05/03/2010

jezzz...

Who cares about teen mutants?? What? Do they have radioactive acne or something...

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Who cares about teen mutants?? What? Do they have radioactive acne or something...

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1:00AM on 05/03/2010
I would much prefer if they would just make another sequel to fix all the crap they did wrong with the last one. Even if it's the last one, try to end it on a high note at least. Other wise just let it go and let Marvel take over and do it right.
I would much prefer if they would just make another sequel to fix all the crap they did wrong with the last one. Even if it's the last one, try to end it on a high note at least. Other wise just let it go and let Marvel take over and do it right.
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11:40PM on 05/02/2010

fuck...

singer and ratner, pay the kick ass dude anything he wants and forget the previous movies, they were weak, mis-cast, poorly adapted versions of what we all loved in the books. What was supposed to be complex relationships were translated into superficial flirtations. Script should revolve around the first five, have a cliffhanger ending with the prof recuiting a new team for a rescue mission, all the while introducing relationships and building on them. Stay true to the source material and it
singer and ratner, pay the kick ass dude anything he wants and forget the previous movies, they were weak, mis-cast, poorly adapted versions of what we all loved in the books. What was supposed to be complex relationships were translated into superficial flirtations. Script should revolve around the first five, have a cliffhanger ending with the prof recuiting a new team for a rescue mission, all the while introducing relationships and building on them. Stay true to the source material and it will be fine.
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4:28PM on 05/02/2010

I'm keeping up hope.

I know Wolverine was a travesty, not to mention how they may destroy the Deadpool movie, but considering some of the gold that has come out recently, i think there still hope for another great x-men movie. I love X-men so If i were to think about a wish list...I say either Matthew Vaughn, Zack Snyder, Louis Leterrier, Gore Virbinski, or someone New whose done indie stuff ala Spiderman Reboot bringing in Marc Webb. Either way, We need someone who can stay true to the material and handle the
I know Wolverine was a travesty, not to mention how they may destroy the Deadpool movie, but considering some of the gold that has come out recently, i think there still hope for another great x-men movie. I love X-men so If i were to think about a wish list...I say either Matthew Vaughn, Zack Snyder, Louis Leterrier, Gore Virbinski, or someone New whose done indie stuff ala Spiderman Reboot bringing in Marc Webb. Either way, We need someone who can stay true to the material and handle the special effects as well. I'm going to get down on my knees and prey to the movie gods right now on this.
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1:32AM on 05/02/2010
actually im keen on Timur Bekmambetov or Louis Leterrier getting a crack at this. i wont fault Louis Leterrier for Clash of The Titans since...i think the problem with that movie was the script
actually im keen on Timur Bekmambetov or Louis Leterrier getting a crack at this. i wont fault Louis Leterrier for Clash of The Titans since...i think the problem with that movie was the script
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7:16PM on 05/01/2010
Obvious wirework, mediocre acting, boring fight scenes. If these are what you seek, then Singer is your man. Dumb as you may think it is, X3 was the only one that actually looked and felt like an X-men movie. The plot was just as intriguing as the first two movies. It had the two exact same antagonistic forces as the other movies.
1. Magneto and his groupies trying to raise hell.
2. A regular human with lots of power trying to change mutant society, be it violently or otherwise.

It had
Obvious wirework, mediocre acting, boring fight scenes. If these are what you seek, then Singer is your man. Dumb as you may think it is, X3 was the only one that actually looked and felt like an X-men movie. The plot was just as intriguing as the first two movies. It had the two exact same antagonistic forces as the other movies.
1. Magneto and his groupies trying to raise hell.
2. A regular human with lots of power trying to change mutant society, be it violently or otherwise.

It had better fight scenes, better CGI, better acting; and the non-Magneto antagonist was pacifist, and offered the mutants something unique and potentially positive. It was more thought-provoking than Stryker or the Mutant Registration Act. Everybody bashes X3, calling it a "stupid" movie, but they never explain in detail what made it "stupid". To me it was better thought-out and executed than the first two.
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12:19AM on 05/02/2010
Oh please, X3 was god awful. It was a clusterfuck with bad acting, poor writing, and everyone was out of character. You're in the minority, my friend.
Oh please, X3 was god awful. It was a clusterfuck with bad acting, poor writing, and everyone was out of character. You're in the minority, my friend.
1:37AM on 05/02/2010
i agree with Terminal_83...that X3 was a "clusterfuck" of a mess..considering that Vaugh bolted weeks before production started AND you mean to tell me that killing Cyclops(off-screen) and Wolverine killing Jean was well thought-out and executed movie? not to mention that fight scene between bobby and pyro...was just...WTF!? and don't get me started on the Angel angel and that fight scene on Alcatraz Island...
i agree with Terminal_83...that X3 was a "clusterfuck" of a mess..considering that Vaugh bolted weeks before production started AND you mean to tell me that killing Cyclops(off-screen) and Wolverine killing Jean was well thought-out and executed movie? not to mention that fight scene between bobby and pyro...was just...WTF!? and don't get me started on the Angel angel and that fight scene on Alcatraz Island...
1:31PM on 05/02/2010
Seriously, dude? X3 felt like an X-Men movie? X3 felt like garbage. Brett Ratner is a f**knut and he made the movie awkwardly cheesy, lame, the visuals were boring (maybe except Phoenix) and most characters (especially Wolverine) were not even in character (as stated below). Long story short, X3 ruined the X-Men franchise.
Seriously, dude? X3 felt like an X-Men movie? X3 felt like garbage. Brett Ratner is a f**knut and he made the movie awkwardly cheesy, lame, the visuals were boring (maybe except Phoenix) and most characters (especially Wolverine) were not even in character (as stated below). Long story short, X3 ruined the X-Men franchise.
10:19AM on 05/03/2010
just to lend you a little support, i agree with you to a point, but these guys are right, x3 was crap, the only thing that saved it for me was the excerpt from x-men 150 where logan stabs jean, but its xorn who kills her. But generally, 'nice' moments aside, the wovie was complete horseshit.
just to lend you a little support, i agree with you to a point, but these guys are right, x3 was crap, the only thing that saved it for me was the excerpt from x-men 150 where logan stabs jean, but its xorn who kills her. But generally, 'nice' moments aside, the wovie was complete horseshit.
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6:59PM on 05/01/2010

Nice try, Fox

You won't fool me again. Ever.
You won't fool me again. Ever.
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5:21PM on 05/01/2010
To quote Zch Galfianakis, "Nobody gives a fuck. Nobody gives a fuck."
To quote Zch Galfianakis, "Nobody gives a fuck. Nobody gives a fuck."
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10:42AM on 05/01/2010
Marvel should sabotage Fox's attempt at this reboot. Maybe since they already have a relationship with one of the directors, Letterrier, they could squeeze him in somehow to be the chosen director, and than have him drop out the day before production starts, that is before making terrible pre-production choices with props, scenery, and actors, such as cyclops having aluminum foil eyeware, and is played by will smith's kid, whats his face...and thus leaving no hope of making a movie even Fox
Marvel should sabotage Fox's attempt at this reboot. Maybe since they already have a relationship with one of the directors, Letterrier, they could squeeze him in somehow to be the chosen director, and than have him drop out the day before production starts, that is before making terrible pre-production choices with props, scenery, and actors, such as cyclops having aluminum foil eyeware, and is played by will smith's kid, whats his face...and thus leaving no hope of making a movie even Fox would distribute, and leaving Marvel just having to wait for the property to go back in their hands. Marvel you are welcome!
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11:48AM on 05/01/2010
And then Marvel would be sued into oblivion.
And then Marvel would be sued into oblivion.
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8:37AM on 05/01/2010
Is anyone actually interested or want to see this film?
Singer doing X men 4 sounded like a good idea, but leaving Fox to sort out another X Men film, who honestly wants to watch it?
Is anyone actually interested or want to see this film?
Singer doing X men 4 sounded like a good idea, but leaving Fox to sort out another X Men film, who honestly wants to watch it?
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7:56AM on 05/01/2010

pass

Not interested. Wake me up when Marvel leaves Fox and gets a proper reboot.
Not interested. Wake me up when Marvel leaves Fox and gets a proper reboot.
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7:18AM on 05/01/2010

Fuck FOX and Tom Rothman

They are thugs. They destroyed X-Men with The Last Stand and I didn't bother with Wolverine.
They are thugs. They destroyed X-Men with The Last Stand and I didn't bother with Wolverine.
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1:47AM on 05/01/2010
I know Fox doesn't really give a shit about fanboys and pleasing them when it comes to adapting comic book characters. But you'd think with other studios managing to make superhero films that are both commercially and critically successful that Fox would feel some pressure to make a quality movie, if only for the bragging rights. They had that with the first two X-Men films but nothing since then. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit.
I know Fox doesn't really give a shit about fanboys and pleasing them when it comes to adapting comic book characters. But you'd think with other studios managing to make superhero films that are both commercially and critically successful that Fox would feel some pressure to make a quality movie, if only for the bragging rights. They had that with the first two X-Men films but nothing since then. Maybe I'm giving them too much credit.
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12:59AM on 05/01/2010

FOX SUCKS LET THE RIGHTS REVERT BACK TO MARVEL

The last movie didn't really leave anywhere good to go story wise and WOLVERINE destroyed all hope for the series to return to greatness as is. New cast/new director/fresh start/and more importantlly NO FOX.
The last movie didn't really leave anywhere good to go story wise and WOLVERINE destroyed all hope for the series to return to greatness as is. New cast/new director/fresh start/and more importantlly NO FOX.
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11:15PM on 04/30/2010

I'm worried......

After being extremely disappointed with X-men Origins: Wolverine (I literally was upset in the theater when the film rolled credits), I'm not sure about these companion films to the X-men trilogy.

Please don't bastardize my beloved X-men with cheap, mindless, cash in films that do little to forward the franchise. If your going to do it, do it right......
After being extremely disappointed with X-men Origins: Wolverine (I literally was upset in the theater when the film rolled credits), I'm not sure about these companion films to the X-men trilogy.

Please don't bastardize my beloved X-men with cheap, mindless, cash in films that do little to forward the franchise. If your going to do it, do it right......
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1:28AM on 05/02/2010
i felt the same way bro! when the credit rolled i just didn't know what to think
i felt the same way bro! when the credit rolled i just didn't know what to think
10:59PM on 04/30/2010
I don't like how the article implied that singer's draft didn't include iceman or angel, which would make perfect sense for singer's continuity. X3 left such a sour taste in everyone's mouth that they should just go the reboot route and use the original 5 x-men. Use fewer characters and and really develop each one of them focusing on a character driven, team dynamic.
I don't like how the article implied that singer's draft didn't include iceman or angel, which would make perfect sense for singer's continuity. X3 left such a sour taste in everyone's mouth that they should just go the reboot route and use the original 5 x-men. Use fewer characters and and really develop each one of them focusing on a character driven, team dynamic.
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10:38PM on 04/30/2010

Give it to Leterrier

Vaughn would have been my first choice but yet again he seems to not be interested in helming an X-film.
Vaughn would have been my first choice but yet again he seems to not be interested in helming an X-film.
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10:14PM on 04/30/2010
I hope they choose someone who can direct a story with different characters like Bryan Singer. Because clearly Brett Ratner couldn't do it.

And I know they're going to squeeze Wolverine in this movie somehow. I just know it.

I hope this turns out great. I'd see a reboot/prequel.
I hope they choose someone who can direct a story with different characters like Bryan Singer. Because clearly Brett Ratner couldn't do it.

And I know they're going to squeeze Wolverine in this movie somehow. I just know it.

I hope this turns out great. I'd see a reboot/prequel.
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